RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for May 24, 2020:
The Virginia Department of Health reported 36,244 cases of COVID-19 — 34,451 confirmed and 1,793 probable — Sunday. The death toll is now at 1,171.
Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reported 5,102 people with the virus have been released from the hospital. The VDH and VHHA do not report recoveries.
COVID-19 Testing in Ashland
There will be a free COVID-19 testing event this Thursday at the Aslhand Church of God.
This is a walk up testing event, but there will be parking nearby. People coming for testing need to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.
This event is for adults and children ages 6 and up who meet testing qualifications. To be screened and preregister for the event call the Chickahominy Health District’s COVID-19 hotline at 804-365-3340. The hotline is staffed Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
CHD will be also be offering walk up registration until 11:15 a.m. or while supplies last.
The testing event is from 9-11 a.m. May 28, at the Ashland Church of God, 407 Myrtle St.
Gov. Northam visits Virginia Beach after it reopens in time for Memorial Day weekend
He has received backlash on social media for not wearing a face mask at the beach
Saturday, Gov. Ralph Northam joined crowds at Virginia Beach, which reopened for recreational use for the first time in nearly two months.
The beaches officially reopened on Friday with some restrictions:
- No gatherings of more than 10 people
- Parking at garages and surface lots will be capped at 50 percent
- No group sports like volleyball
- People can’t bring alcohol, speakers, umbrellas or tents
- No fishing on sand beaches from the jetty at 1st Street to 42nd Street in the resort area
There are now signs around the beach promoting social distancing and more than 100 “beach ambassadors” were hired to keep visitors in check.
“It’s a great plan, I think it’s working well and I think this can really be a model not only for the rest of the state but the rest of the country on how to do it the right way and how to do it safely and responsibly,” Northam said.
Videos and photos showed the governor came to the beach without a face mask. Northam is currently considering a statewide mandate requiring that Virginians wear protective masks while in public.
Alena Yarmosky, press secretary for the governor, said the Governor has encouraged wearing a face-covering inside or when social distancing is impossible.
“He was outside yesterday and not expecting to be within six feet of anyone,” Yarmosky said. “This is an important reminder to always have face coverings in case situations change — we are all learning how to operate in this new normal, and it’s important to be prepared.”
COVID-19 in Virginia
Here’s a breakdown of cases in our area:
LOCAL COVID-19 CASES TO DATE
- Charles City County: 27 cases, 1 death
- Chesterfield County: 1,193 cases, 29 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 83 cases, 8 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 66 cases, 0 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 86 cases, 2 deaths
- City of Richmond: 1,012 cases, 19 deaths
- Goochland County: 90 cases, 5 deaths
- Hanover County: 252 cases, 19 deaths
- Henrico County: 1,446 cases, 118 deaths
- New Kent County: 27 cases, 1 death
- Powhatan County: 29 cases, 0 deaths
How many people have been tested for and diagnosed with coronavirus in your neighborhood? New data released by the Virginia Department of Health provides some answers to that question.
VDH recently released data that breaks down COVID-19 cases and testing numbers by zip code.